ALMEIRA, Spain (Sept. 27)—Groupe Michelin will concentrate its C3M tire manufacturing technology on the lucrative ultra-high-performance passenger and sport-utility vehicle tire markets, according to top Michelin executives addressing financial analysts and journalists at a test facility in southern Spain. "For us, it (C3M) is revolutionary, it is a tool to enable us to conquer the market," said Herve Coyco, head of passenger and light truck tires, stressing that in a stable overall market for passenger and light truck tires, demand in the SUV and HP sectors is "exploding." Michelin originally envisioned substituting tire machines in existing factories with C3M technology, said Chairman Edouard Michelin, but it is clear now that "this is not the best use we could make of the machines." C3M is "clearly perceived as a strategic tool for the group," Michelin said. Conventional tire plants have become both more productive and "much more flexible," so it is worth being adaptable and not limiting options, the Michelin chief said.
Michelin plans to use C3M in ultra-high-performance, SUV markets
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